Congratulations to the 2017 Office and Lab Sustainability Awards recipients

The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability is delighted to announce the recipients of our 2017 Sustainability Awards, in the Office and Lab categories.

Two wooden, hand etched trophies. One for lab awards with a microscope, and one for offices with a bulb and the globe
Hand etched trophies made of reclaimed wood, produced by the Grassmarket Community Project. Lab trophy on the left, Office on the right.

These Awards are presented to teams representing schools, departments and research institutes from across the University. Winners must demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility and sustainability by fulfilling a range of criteria focused on promoting ethical and environmentally-friendly working practices and behaviours.

Last year’s Awards recipients made an invaluable contribution to social responsibility and sustainability at our University by raising awareness, conserving resources, saving energy, streamlining scientific and research practices and fundraising for good causes.

Congratulations to all of our teams for their hard work and successes in 2017!

Interested in finding out more about the Sustainability Awards or thinking about getting involved?

Register your interest for 2018

2017 Sustainability Awards recipients

Office Awards

Office Awards recipients fulfilled a range of social responsibility and sustainability criteria focusing on communications & engagement, energy saving, sustainable travel, resource efficiency, responsible purchasing and staff wellbeing.

Eleven teams were awarded bronze, silver or gold Office Awards in 2017, including three new teams. Two teams were awarded Gold for designing and implementing projects with a demonstrable sustainability impact.

Team name Level
Edinburgh Global & Student Recruitment and Admissions Gold
Sport & Exercise Gold
Careers Service Silver
Centre for Dementia Prevention Silver
Centre for Open Learning Silver

Centre for Regenerative Medicine

School of Law Silver
School of Social and Political Science Silver
Central Bioresearch Services - NEW Bronze
Scottish Student Sport - NEW Bronze
The Horsfall Lab - NEW Bronze

Lab Awards

Lab Awards recipients demonstrated compliance with a wide range of sustainable lab practices including efficient use of fume cupboards, management of chemicals and samples, and reducing waste, water and energy consumption.

Five teams were awarded bronze or silver Lab Awards in 2017, including three new teams.

Team name Level
Biology Teaching Organisation Silver
Centre for Reproductive Health - QMRI Silver
Chemical and Environmental Engineering - NEW Silver
The Horsfall Lab - NEW Silver
Central Bioresearch Services - NEW Bronze
2016 Office and Lab Sustainability Awards winners
2016 Office and Lab Sustainability Awards winners

Awards carried over

Office and Lab Awards remain valid for two years. The following teams hold awards from 2016 and continue to demonstrate a strong commitment to social responsibility and sustainability.

Office Awards

Team name Level
Easter Bush Campus Gold
Institute for Academic Development Gold
Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine Gold
Printing Services Gold
Procurement Office Gold
Queen's Medical Research Institute Gold
50 George Square Silver
Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility Silver
Biomedical Sciences, Central Area Bronze
Edinburgh College of Art Textile Studio Bronze
Financial Information Services (FIS) Bronze
FloWave Bronze
Moray House School of Education Bronze

Lab Awards

Team name Level
Roslin Institute Gold
School of Chemistry - Joseph Black Building Silver
Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine Silver
Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility Silver
SRUC Biomarkers Lab Silver
Hugh Robson Building Bronze
Queens Medical Research Institute (whole building) Bronze


Sustainability awards ceremony 2016
Sustainability Awards ceremony 2016

Office and Labs Awards winners will be celebrated at the upcoming Sustainability Awards Ceremony, along with the winners of our Student AwardsStudent Residence Awards and Special Awards categories.

The event will take place on the afternoon of Thursday 29th March 2018, in the Playfair Library. 2017 Sustainability Awards participants will receive a calendar invitation with further details in due course.

Participate in the 2018 Sustainability Awards

The 2018 Sustainability Awards will launch in February! Interested in participating? Let us know by registering your interest. We can put you in touch with an existing team in your area or help you start your own.

Register your interest

The Sustainability Awards are part of the National Union of Students’ Green Impact environmental accreditation scheme, which runs in over 50 UK further and higher education institutions. The Lab Awards criteria are also based the Green Impact scheme, which itself is based on an updated version of the international S-Lab programme.